Tongan language week celebrated

New Zealand has celebrated Tongan language week.

The language week kicked off with a launch hosted at parliament by one of two government MPs born in Tonga, Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki.

The theme for this year is: Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Tauhi Fonua – A Tongan Perspective of Enriching Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Tonga Language Week is the third of seven Pacific language weeks that will take place in 2019.

The government is playing an important part in helping to develop Pacific Languages.

New Zealand has allocated $20 million over the next four years to ensure Aotearoa New Zealand is home to thriving Pacific languages.

Aupito says the theme captures the role of language in a changing society.

He says it provides a space to reflect on the contribution Pacific languages make and to think about how to embrace this to ensure change works for all communities.

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?

2. What was the key event from the news article?

3. Where did this event take place?

4. When did this event take place?

1. Find a quote from the main person in this news article?

2. In your own words describe what happened in this news article.

3. Find out where this event took place and include some information about this place.

4. Tell us when this event happened and explain what might happen in the future.

5. Explain in your own words why this event took place.

Current Events Web
Find the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why in the article to complete this worksheet.

I Think Because
Share what you think about the article and explain why.

My Questions
Write a question map about questions that you have after reading the article.

News Review
Give the news article you have read a review

KWL
Write what you KNOW about the topic in the article, what you would LIKE to find out and then what you have LEARNT.

Newspaper Bingo
Play newspaper bingo. Find a number of different articles to complete the grid.

Questions and Answers
Write a set of questions and then their answers after reading the article.

The Big Idea
Find the big idea by highlighting the 5 W’s and 1 H. then select 25 of key words associated with the article.

Word Investigation
Vocabulary exercise where students find key words within the article.

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